Fox2now.com -- (10/10/17) Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that he’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in the 2018 race.
The 37-year-old who is currently serving his first year of elected office, released a video Tuesday morning announcing his candidacy. The video features his wife and two children and lays out his platform.
“Erin and I have been thinking a lot about the future and the path our country is on. But D.C. looks a lot like the past. Even after the last election, the career crowd in Washington keeps on doing the same old thing.”
Although it has been widely speculated that Hawley would run for the Senate seat, he mentions that running for senator wasn’t in his plan but Missourians deserve a change.
McCaskill is in her second term in the Senate, but Missouri voters have leaned right in recent years, favoring Republicans. Only one statewide office holder is a Democrat, and Democratic lawmakers hold two other federal positions- Congressmen William Lacy Clay of St. Louis and Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City.
In November, Hawley defeated Democrat Teresa Hensley in his first bid for public office. Previously, Hawley was an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Claire McCaskill's Office released this statement after Hawley's announcement: "Two months ago, Josh Hawley filed paperwork to run for United States Senate -- and then lied to Missourians about it while he raised money behind closed doors with millionaires, DC special interests, and Republican leaders in Washington. It's clear who Josh Hawley is running to represent in the United States Senate, and it's not Missouri."